Blueface is ready to box. The California-bred rapper, born Johnathan Porter, is slated to fight at the Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship on July 23. He discussed the news during an interview with TMZ Sports. “I never boxed,” Blueface told the outlet. “I’m a gang member, so I just fight a lot.”

Instead of being paired with another rapper, Blueface’s opponent is TikTok comedian Kane Trujillo. On Instagram, Blueface has been giving his fans a glimpse of his bare knuckles training. On Friday (June 25), the “Thotiana” rapper wrote: “Ain’t nobody fucking with me. I will find out who I’m fighting today it honestly don’t even matter but it definitely won’t be a rapper. No rapper would risk they career.”

He followed that post by announcing that he will be squaring-up against Trujillo. “Told them bring me anybody [and] they brought me Spider-man. I didn’t choose him, he chose me,” Blueface wrote.

Blueface believes the recent celebrity boxing trend began with a video of him and YK Osiris sparring. “Honestly, I don’t know if you guys seen but me and YK Osiris was actually boxing in the backyard for fun and that’s really how all of this celebrity boxing thing came about in my opinion. Because nobody was putting no gloves on and filming it until then,” he told TMZ.

When asked if the Logan brothers started boxing because of him, Blueface stated, “I wouldn’t necessarily say that much but I will definitely say that we influenced the entertainment of entertainers boxing.”

Despite his inexperience, Blueface was a former athlete. He played quarterback at Arleta High School in L.A. and he went on to play Division II college football at Fayetteville State in North Carolina. To prepare for his upcoming match, the 24-year-old said he’s cut back from his regular routine and is taking his training seriously. “I’ve only been eating grilled and baked stuff lately,” he said. “Yeah, I’m on a diet and everything. I ain’t been smoking, drinking, nothing.”